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Troops on stand-by at Mississippi Gulf Coast cities

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GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - A risky move to contain the oil leak spilling into the Gulf of Mexico ran into some trouble Wednesday as NOAA expands some boundaries of the closed-fishing area in gulf waters.

The closed area now represents more than 88,000 square miles or 37 percent of the federal waters in the gulf.

BP's "cut & cap" plan ran into a snag when a robotic saw got stuck during operations on the main riser pipe.

Crews freed the blade from the pipe and were hoping to finish the cut.  The plan is to fit a cap on the blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf to capture most of the spewing oil.

And Wednesday night, 1,200 Army National Guard troops and equipment are on standby to help local law enforcement keep people off contaminated beaches if and when more oil hits Mississippi's shores.

BP has beach clean-up teams staged in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi and Pascagoula that will be deployed to areas where oil.

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